Mizuno Wave Paradox vs. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox delivers stability and cushioning with a light fitting upper. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides stability, flexibility, and a secure fit to overpronators...

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 fall in the same category of stability running shoes, although the Mizuno Wave Paradox is meant to replace the Mizuno Wave Alchemy, which used to be a motion control running shoe.

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Therefore we should expect the Mizuno Wave Paradox to provide much more support and pronation control than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

However, because the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is on the border between stability and motion control, it should not lag too far behind the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

So let's take a look at these two running shoes and see how they compare against each other...

The first big difference between the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox is in the uppers where the Mizuno Wave Paradox does not have a single stitched-on overlay except for the stitches along the edge of the saddle, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 consists of stitched-on overlays with no-sew overlays in between.

While the no-sew overlays on the Mizuno Wave Paradox wrap the foot well around the midfoot to provide a snug fit, the stiched-on overlays around the midfoot of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would provide more support and a more secure fit – overpronators need that extra hold in the upper, which the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would provide more than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The same applies to the back of the shoes, where the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would cup your heel and lock it in place better than the Mizuno Wave Paradox would.

Another big difference lies in the construction of the midsoles. The two running shoes use different midsole foams that each have their own cushioning properties: U4ic in the Mizuno Wave Paradox and BioMoGo with Brook DNA in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox has a Wave Plate that runs through the midsole and fans out into two plates and three waves on the medial side of the shoe to provide stability and pronation control. This Double Fan Wave plate also absorbs shock at heel-strike.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 makes use of a traditional medial post and different densities of foam to progressively stop your foot from rolling too far inward. To absorb shock, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 has a well-segmented crash pad under the heel that runs along the outer edge towards the midfoot.

Either technology should get the job done of providing you with shock absorption at heel-strike and then pronation control as your foot rolls inward.

Due to the shock absorbing properties of the Wave Plate under the heel of the Mizuno Wave Paradox together with the cushioning properties of the midsole, compared to the one-sided crash pad in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 together with an anatomical layout of DNA cushioning, the Mizuno Wave Paradox should provide more heel cushioning than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, making the Paradox more suitable for heel-strikers.

Both running shoes sit the same distance off the road in the forefoot area, so they should both provide a similar amount of forefoot cushioning.

The outsoles of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox differ a lot in construction with the rubber lugs being more segmented in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. This segmentation together with the horizontal flex grooves that run from side to side in the forefoot, should make the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 feel more flexible.

The main flex grooves do not run from side to side in the Mizuno Wave Paradox and because the plate also runs in the forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Paradox might feel pretty stiff.

And because the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 provides lots of ground contact, including the lateral side of the midfoot, you should also get a smoother and more comfortable ride from this running shoe.

But SmoothRide technology and blown rubber in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox should also help you achieve a smooth ride.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 for women weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams). The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 for men weighs about 11.2 oz (318 grams).

If you are a heel-striker looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability with a light fitting upper, and do not mind the stiffness of a shoe, then the Mizuno Wave Paradox would fit the bill.

If you are looking for a little bit more stability and support in a running shoe that has cushioning that is not too soft or too firm and that provides a secure fit, then the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 would be worth looking into.

While the Mizuno Wave Paradox has been labeled as the replacement of a motion control running shoe, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 delivers as much stability and support – if not more – as the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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